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Old 03-10-2019, 08:10 PM   #1
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66 c10 3spd column shift to TH400

Any suggestions on what to use between the 2
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:36 PM   #2
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Re: 66 c10 3spd column shift to TH400

Looking for what brackets, cables or rods i need to shift the tranny
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:28 AM   #3
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Re: 66 c10 3spd column shift to TH400

I bought a Lokar knock off from eBay when I did mine. The all-thread rod supplied with the kit wasn't long enough so I bought a length of all-thread rod from the hardware store and cut it to length. I still didn't like the look of the threaded rod so I cut a piece of stainless tubing and slid over the all-thread and it looks real good.
I also got a Little carried away and added a tilt column from a 72 Chevy Van

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Old 03-11-2019, 06:58 AM   #4
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Re: 66 c10 3spd column shift to TH400

Good info
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Old 03-11-2019, 04:53 PM   #5
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Re: 66 c10 3spd column shift to TH400

I did similar to adapt a TH400 to my 65 Impala. I use all the stock 65 Impala Powerglide linkage, except I use the piece from the kit, shown in your photos, that attached to the shifter shaft on the transmission.

It's interesting that your kit included the deep hex nut, called a coupling nut, pictured here -

https://www.grainger.com/product/1JE...g!109231852677!

I had done the same swap on my 69 Chevelle, with a TH400, and you could use a 3/8" - 16 standard nut, and a socket would go over it to tighten. Unfortunately, at some point GM changed the threads on the TH400 shifter shaft from standard to metric. The 10mm nut is ever so slightly larger than the 3/8", apparently, so no-go in that tight spot with a socket or wrench. Of course, the TH400 core I built for my 65 Impala had the metric 10mm x 1.5 nut, and a socket would NOT fit into that recessed area on the shifter arm to tighten the nut. I had to search around and find a 10mm x 1.5 coupling nut.

SO - moral of the story - if your TH400 core is an early one, it will have 3/8"-16 threads on the shifter shaft, and any old 3/8"-16 nut will work. If your TH400 is a later one and has the 10mm x 1.5 metric threads on the shifter shaft, you MUST use a coupling nut in order to get a wrench on it to tighten it, as shown in the photos above.

Anyway, hopes this helps someone down the road from having to figure this out all on their own like I did. It was pretty aggravating

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Old 03-12-2019, 12:30 PM   #6
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Re: 66 c10 3spd column shift to TH400

great ideas. i know what to do now, thanks!
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